I originally saw this idea when Impress Your Kids linked up to My Sweet & Simple Life. Evan is all about the calendar these days. He wants to know when his birthday is, when Christmas is, when … well any other holiday that equates to him getting a gift!!
So when I saw this Activities Tree I thought I would use it as a way for our family to countdown to Thanksgiving Day. If you know me in real life, then you know I am anything BUT crafty!! So you might be surprised when I decided to do this. The inspiration piece was made of construction paper & then she laminated it so she could use it for different seasons throughout the year – brilliant!!
Is it mean to admit that I’m not a big fan of construction paper & I wish my fridge was clean again (without kid magnets & drawings – ha!) So anyways, I attempted to make something fairly permanent & hopefully cute enough to hang in the house:)
So I started on my mission … and I actually finished it (almost) the very same day!!! Another shocker for me!!
Here’s what I used:
1 thin sheet of birch wood for the backing
1 piece of magnetic sheeting w/self adhesive
*Note – I got super lucky & the birch wood was the exact same cut/size as the magnetic sheeting – no cutting required!!
Several sheets of printed paper – remnants worked perfect!
1 package of magnetic tape (I went for the pre-cut circles, but you could also use the long strips & cut)
Market to write
Here’s what I did:
Line one side of the birch wood with the Self-Adhesive Magnetic Sheeting.
Glue paper to the magnetic sheet to make “pretty”.
Cut out the shape of a tree (I’m not crafty enough to have branches!!).
Cut out all the leaves (I just made one free-hand then traced & cut the others so they’d be similiar in size & shape).
Write the numbers for each day of “the count” on each leaf.Glue the leaves to the small magnetic tape.
I still need to screw in hooks & tie a ribbon to hang it up. And by self-admission it might be a “tad” busy. But we’re going to keep it in our kitchen. Each day we’ll remove a leaf & let Evan tell us one thing he’s thankful for that day (that should be interesting!!). That leaf will then fall to the base of the tree & we’ll have our countdown:)
So if you don’t know me you may not be impressed but if you do then you should give me some comment love & pat me on the back … Either way, it works for me!